Words and Art by Scott Teeters, written for Vette Magazine and republished from SuperChevy.com
Was the “Best C6” the Last C6? Illustrated Corvette Series No. 222 – The Last C6 Corvette
Milestone Corvettes have become a fascinating part of the Corvette story. Prior to the white 1992 1,000,000th Corvette convertible, no one was paying any attention to numerical milestones or first and last of any Corvettes. When the C4 1984 Corvette came out, 51,547 customers said, “I’ll take one!” When the C3 1968 Mako Shark II-inspired Corvette was unleashed, 28,569 fans placed their order. The ’63 Sting Ray was a total game-changer from the C1 and 21,513 customers got in line with the roadster out-selling the now-iconic split-window coupe, 10,919 units to 10,594 units. And when the ’53 Corvette came out, most of America said, “What’s that?” Continue reading
Scott Teeters’ Illustrated Corvette Designer Series No. 222
by Scott Teeters as originally written for Vette Magazine and now on SuperChevy.com
Dateline: 8-3-15 Milestone Corvettes have become a fascinating part of the Corvette story. Prior to the white 1992 1,000,000th Corvette convertible, no one was paying any attention to numerical milestones or first and last of any Corvettes. When the C4 1984 Corvette came out, 51,547 customers said, “I’ll take one!” When the C3 1968 Mako Shark II-inspired Corvette was unleashed, 28,569 fans placed their order. Continue reading
The Illustrated Corvette Designer Series No. 214 – 2006 Z06 Corvette
Words and Art by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Magazine and republished from www.SuperChevy.com
Dateline: 7-28-15: Let’s back up a bit. The C5 Z06 was a game changer. Costing just $7,025 more than the $40,475 base ’01 Corvette, the Z06 was a true bargain. Unlike the ’63 RPO Z06 “racer kit” option that wore no external trim, the C5 Z06 sported unique, wide wheels shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, steel mesh inserts in the front fascia, and rear side brake scoops.
When the C6 debuted in late 2004, it was about 30 seconds later when fans asked, “So, where’s the Z06?” When the C6 Z06 arrived a year later, it was worth the wait and proved to be a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Where the C5 was muscular, the C6 was sharp and crisp, like a freshly pressed business suit. The C6 Z06 was a pressed C6 with extra starch, steroids, protein powder, and a heavy workout at the ALMS racing gym. This widebody configuration was used on the Z06 through the remainder of the C6 run, plus served as the platform for the 205-mph capable ’09 -’13 ZR1 and the ’10-’13 Grand Sport.
The photo above is actually a 2006 Corvette (not the prototype).
Genovation Cars’ Electric-Powered Corvette based on 2006 Z06 Announced!
by Noah Joseph as republished from autoblog.com
Dateline: 7-15-15 Chevy runs the full spectrum from some of the most environmentally friendly cars to the least. At one end are EVs like the Spark and Volt. At the other, performance models like the Camaro and Corvette. But one American company wants to bridge that divide.
That company is Rockville, MD-based Genovation Cars, which reports that it is almost done building its prototype for an all-electric Corvette. Dubbed the Genovation Extreme Electric (or GXE for short), the prototype is based on a previous-generation 2006 Chevy Corvette Z06, but ditches its enormous 7.0-liter V8 for an array of inverters, batteries, and electric motors said to be good for over 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Continue reading
Scott McKay Creates Own Quasi C6-ZR1 Corvette Roadster Daily Driver!
by Scott Teeters as originally published in Vette Vues
The Corvette community helps Scott McKay build his daily driver ZR1-like ’06 Roadster without breaking the bank!
Scott McKay was so happy with his new Corvette, he made the decision early on in his modification project that the car would be a keeper. Little did McKay, of Voorhees, New Jersey, know back in ’06 when he took delivery of his new ’06 Corvette convertible that the car would become a five year project car. Even today with the C7 Corvette available, Scott has no desire to sell his ’06 Roadster for a new Stingray. Continue reading
1963 C2 Z06, 2001 C5 Z06, 2006 C6 Z06 & 2015 C7 Z06
As a salute the success and rave reviews of the new C7 Z06, my new prints show the original, 1963 Z06, the C5 2001 Z06, the C6 2006 Z06, and the C7 2015 Z06, available in three unique graphic treatments – Brushed Metal, Diazo Blueprint Paper, and Kraft Paper!
The Z06 has worked out to be one of the most interesting stories in Corvette lore. What started out as an obscure “for racers only” RPO option that hardly anyone knew about, has become GM’s flagship performance car. This is nothing less than astonishing. Heck, even General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra just got herself a black-on-black Z06 convertible. I was joking with Doug MacDonald (Dave MacDonald’s brother), “You think the workers might have been a little nervous bolting together The Queen Mary’s Z06? NO PRESSURE, guys! HA!” Kidding aside, it’s good to see that she has good taste!
Up to the end of April 2015 Chevrolet reported 8,206 Z06s sold. That number already beats out the C6 Z06’s best sales year from 2007 when Chevrolet sold 7,760 Z06s. With a total-to-date (as of the end of April 2015) of 31,377 Corvettes built, 2,618 were Z06 models, that’s 26.18% of the 2015 production so far. The plant has a full two more months of figures to announce, as production of the 2015 Corvettes ends on June 22, 2015. (Check out the 2015 Z06 TV Commercial, click the “Continue reading” link below)
Here’s What Corvettes Mean To People
The other day Joe Pruitt, the Event Coordinator/Owner of the National Corvette Homecoming event contacted me to tell me about their new event video by Efran Films that covered the National Corvette Homecoming 2014 event. This is a very touching video that captures what Corvettes mean to people. As we know, they’re not just “car” they’re something else. Actually, the people in the video say it perfectly. This video has heart! Enjoy! – Scott
NEW Corvette License Plate Art Prints – 2005 to 2014
Dateline: 9-25-14 – Our new Corvette License Plates Art Print Series is making progress. With 60 years of Corvettes and many model variations, plus four different print layouts, it’s a BIG project. Here’s where I am as of today.
I started out with one year for each generation Corvette, as shown on the slider at the top of the homepage. This week I have added the following year Coupe Corvettes: C6 – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Grand Sport Coupe, 2011 Grand Sport Coupe, 2012 Grand Sport Coupe, and 2013 Grand Sport Coupe.
Each year print is available in four layouts: a red-to-white, black-to-white, blue-to-white, and one print with all three layouts.
Plus, we have available the 1962 Corvette, the 1967 Corvette Coupe, the 1982 Corvette, the 1996 Corvette Coupe, and 2002 Corvette Coupe. And for owners and fans of the Special Edition Corvettes, we have all 16 Special Edition Corvettes from the 1978 25th Anniversary Corvette to the awesome 2014 60th Anniversary 427 Convertible.
Every 11” x 17” print is signed and numbered, then shrink wrapped on 12”x18” cardboard and shipped via USPS Priority Mail for fast delivery for just $29.95 + $6.95 S&H.
Specific number prints are available upon request. Continue reading